Yoga and Ayurveda for Fall

Fall is here.  Yay, my favorite season!  Below are a couple of poses, great for helping you stay balanced during the changing seasons and some Ayurveda tips.  Make sure to warm up before you start.


Sit in a comfortable position and place one hand on top of the other over the heart.  Take 5 deep breaths as you bring your attention into the heart center.  This is great for calming Vata fear and Pitta Anger.  VPK=


Kneeling with heals in the glutes and toes tucked under.  Take 3 -5 deep breaths depending on pain tollerance.  This is great for opening the sinuses, to relieve allergies and improve digestion.  PK-V+ in excess.


Ustrasana-Camel Opens the chest to relieve any Kapha stagnation. (Detoxing)VP+ in excess K-


Matsyandrasans– Lord of the Fishes Pose increases circulation and digestion.  Stay tall and take 3 belly breaths. VPK-


Pashimotanasana-seated forward fold (1 or two legs) good for grounding and digestion.  Make sure to hinge from the hips not the back.  VP-K+


Balasana-Childs pose variation. Make fists and place them in the crease of the leg by the low belly.  Fold forward, head to floor or place a prop to support head.  Take 5 deep breaths.  Great for stimulating the peristaltis/ bowl movent.  (Do this on an empty stomach)

Vata’s start increasing an intake warm, moist, grounding foods, so you don’t blow away as the days become increasingly Vata.  Don’t forget healthy fats for your diet like sesame seed oil for cooking and abhyanga.

Pitta’s time to decrease the heat with bitters and leafy greens, before that heat gets trapped by the cold.  Maybe even a liver detox.

Kapha’s time to increase that circulation so you don’t accumulate more toxins as the cold sets in.  You can try some ginger or spicy teas.

Stop the Holiday Blues with these 10 Yoga Poses

For some the Winter and Holidays can be filled with joy and for others it becomes a time of Melancholy, Overeating and Anxiety.  Yoga is an amazing tool that you can always use to overcome these issues.

Yoga for the Doshas: Depression
Make sure to warm up with a couple sun salutations.

Vata’s can express depression as overwhelm and anxiety.  Not wanting to get out of bed in the morning and not eating enough.  Too much to do and too many people to please.
Yoga poses for Vata Depression: Childs Pose (Balasana), Reclined/Supported Fish Pose (simple Matsyasana), Legs up a Wall (Viparita Karani) and Abdominal Breath.
These poses release fear and stress as well as activate the digestive system.

Balasana

Legs up a wall with supported fish pose

Pitta’s can express depression as Anger, Intensity and become Overdriven.  This means pulling all nighters and feeling the need to do everything themselves.  As well as frequent outbursts at loved ones and co-workers.
Yoga poses for Pitta depression: Heart Chakra Pose (Anahatasana), Humble Warrior, Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana), Half Lord of the Fish Pose (Ardha Matsyandrasana).
These poses are detoxing, cooling and calming.

Ardha Matsyandrasana

Ardha Chandrasana

Anahatasana

Kapha’s can express depression as Lethargy, Dullness of the Mind, and Overeating.  This can show up as not leaving the house, lack of motivation and energy.
Yoga Poses for Kapha depression: Head stand (Sirsasana), Cross Bar Pose preparation (Parigasana), Ustrasana (Camel Pose), Lions Breath and active Fish Pose (Matsyasana).
These Poses are energizing, get the lymph moving, and open the lungs.

Sirsasana

Matsyasana

Parigasana

It’s time to break out of that funk!